It is all too easy to truly miss enjoying the magic of Christmas. Everything leads up to that one special day, and within the blink of an eye, it is vanished until next year.
All the stress over shopping, cooking, receiving guests, card sending, fending off a seasonal cold, can propel us into a chaotic whirl wind of emotional stress.
Instead of really enjoying Christmas, we end up living outside of the moment, thinking about all the things the New Year will bring: will the economy get better, will my career be secure, will the kids make their grades, will I be able to lose this extra ”Christmas goodies” weight…and the list goes on.
It seems as though the older we get, the more difficult it becomes to rekindle that child-like magic that was so enjoyable many years ago. With “Silver Bells,” “White Christmas,” and “Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer” playing on the radio nearby, my grandmother and I would make her famous meat pies and delicious donuts. Do you remember your Christmas childhood experiences?
As we lead up to this festive time, I invite you to take time to rekindle that magic.
- Lose yourself in the smiles of children;
- Play and sing along to Christmas carols;
- Kiss your partner under the mistletoe; ( I really like this one!)
- Buy yourself something you’ve always wanted;
- Snuggle up with a warm drink by the fire. (try out the recipe below!)
- 2 cups whole milk or your favourite milk alternative
- 2 Tbsp raw cocoa powder
- 1 tsp maca powder
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup
- In a small sauce pan, warm milk over medium heat.
- Add raw cocoa powder, maca and maple syrup.
- Whisk to combine and heat to desired temperature.
- Alternatively, steam milk with an espresso machine.
- Pour over cocoa, maca and maple syrup that has been whisked in a mug, using a spoon to hold back the foam.
- Spoon a dollop of foam on top.
This could be viewed as a selfish mindfulness exercise, yet it is one of huge awareness, because once you step back and get off that train that drags you through Christmas at 100 miles per hour with little control over your level of enjoyment, a snowball effect will happen and you will start to enjoy Christmas through love and laughter.
Christmas isn’t just the 25th of December, the day you assure everyone else’s happiness. It is a month’s worth of bringing the mind home from all the year’s stresses, ups and downs, fears, uncertainties and doubts.
Take a deep breath and enjoy Christmas to its fullest potential, and know this; everything will have a natural way of working itself out in the New Year, no matter how much you worry about it.
So let it all go, be in the moment and….
May all of your Christmases be white…
Photo credits: Julie Clouthier